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More Poems by Helen Monks

Helen Monks was Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham 2005-2006

Helen wrote these poems as part of her role. Find out more from Helen's diary.
'Spring Has Sprung' was written for a Looked After Children event at Birmingham Council House and 'Three and a Half Million' was written for a Shelter anthology


Spring and Summer You and I

Spring has sprung
The flowers have come
The sun is shining
So am I.

New lambs are born
It's a lighter morn
The birds are singing
So am I.

The rain pitter-patters
But nothing seems to matter,
No one has a care,
Nor have I.

Spring's too young to lie,
It sets you on a high
And its happiness is warming,
Warming you and I.

Its happiness is warming,
And it's bright and early dawning
Awakens the world
Awakens you and I.

And we smile at spring;
The opportunities it brings.
And we smile at its blossom,
We smile, you and I.

The sun is beaming
It's a calm and happy feeling
And we spend it ever thinking
Ever thinking, you and I

Spring has sprung
The flowers have come
The sun is shining
So am I.

But although I love the spring,
I just can't wait to know what the summer will bring!

Helen Monks


Three And A Half Million

Poem written for Waiting For The Future, a Shelter anthology of poems written by children on poverty and bad housing.

Three and a half million of us,
Yet it feels like I'm all alone.
I dread each day, I dread each night,
I dread my life to come.

Three and a half million of us,
Yet it feels like I'm all alone.
I'd like the same toys as everyone else,
And a coat to keep me warm.

Three and a half million of us,
Yet it feels like I'm all alone.
The window shutters swing back and forth
As the creaky floorboards moan.

The gap between rich and poor still grows,
As the rich still grow with greed,
The rich ask for more than they can hold,
While the poor haven't what they need.

He asks for
A black leather jacket,
Remote control car,
Nike trainers,
A fancy electric guitar.

A flashy new phone,
A 20gig MP3,
A new mountain bike
And a flat screen TV.

I ask for
A kiss from my mother, a hug from my father,
And a pair of shoes without holes.

Three and a half million of us,
Yet it feels like I'm all alone.


Helen Monks & friends

You can read more of Helen's poems.


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